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  • Writer's pictureAsha Venkatarao

International Yoga Day - Vasudaiva Kutumbakam, June 21st

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21st every year to celebrate the ancient practice of yoga and raise awareness about its numerous benefits for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, following a proposal by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The meaning of International Yoga Day in 2023 remains consistent with its purpose since its inception. It serves as an occasion to highlight the holistic nature of yoga and its potential to promote harmony and peace in individuals and societies worldwide.

Yoga is a practice that originated in ancient India and encompasses physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles. It offers a comprehensive approach to achieving balance and harmony within oneself and with the world.

"Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" is the theme for 2023; it's a Sanskrit phrase that means "the world is one family." It expresses the idea that all of humanity is interconnected and should live in harmony, transcending boundaries of nationality, religion, or any other divisions.

It emphasizes the importance of promoting peace, understanding, and unity among people from different backgrounds. On International Yoga Day, various events, activities, and programs are organized globally to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in yoga sessions, workshops, and discussions. These events aim to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga, including stress reduction, improved flexibility and strength, enhanced mental focus, and increased overall well-being. The day also serves as an opportunity to acknowledge the cultural heritage of yoga and its role in promoting a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Furthermore, International Yoga Day serves as a platform for fostering global unity and understanding by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures under the shared goal of embracing yoga as a means to enhance physical and mental health. It encourages people to experience and explore the transformative power of yoga and encourages them to incorporate its principles into their daily lives beyond the designated day.

In my personal classes, I am excited to offer Free Classes to anyone who's interested in trying out a gentle, beginner-level Yoga practice on Wednesday.

Please feel free to encourage and motivate your family members and friends to join at 10-11am or at 6 - 7pm.

Let's truly embody the principles of "Vasudaiva Kutumbakam" this year.

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